To be honest I couldn't care less about what that goon from Nickelback gets up to, really not my bag baby... I do remember reading a feature on them in a guitar mag years ago and thinking that the other guy in the band seemed ok though, as I recall he had guitars sent to him from Gibson with unfinished bodies so he could play with different finishes while on tour! Now that sounds like fun! That probably had something to do with the switch too as their other guitarist plays Gibson.

In general though I'm ok with it, I do appreciate that in certain instances a brand and an artist will develop a special bond which will stand the test of time but really it's down to whatever the artist wants at a certain time. I feel in particular that as I myself get older and mature a little more my tastes change and guitars I previously would have drooled over don't do it for me so much anymore. Equally, just like with car companies, guitar manufacturers will go through changes which will not always suit an artist which can cause a parting of ways. Adam Dutkiewicz had his own signature model Parker guitar but when Parker downsized and his contacts in the company no longer worked there he stopped playing Parker because he no longer had the same relationship with them and now he plays Custom 22s...